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Beyond Persona
On Individuation and Beginnings with Jungian Analysts

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ISBN 9780367710101
March 24, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
328 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book presents intimate interviews with senior Jungian analysts and scholars from all over the world, providing unique insight into their childhoods, life experiences, and long careers in Analytical Psychology.

Each interview also focuses on uncovering the person beyond the professional persona. The interviewees are compelling, significant figures in Analytical Psychology. Their stories interact with significant events and time periods in world history: stories which are interwoven with World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Arab Israeli wars, Vietnam, the counter-culture movements of the 60’s, women’s rights, fascism, communism, immigration, spirituality, slavery, racism, trauma, sexual orientation, and poverty, as well as many other themes. The scope of the lives captured in this volume is moving and inspiring.

Beyond Persona with Jungian Analysts provides unprecedented access to leaders of the field and would be an inspiring read for psychologists and students of depth psychology and Jungian analysis, and those wishing to follow in their footsteps.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Nora Swan Foster   Introduction  Images from Early Years 1. Too Symbolic  2. I Am Myself  3. Beauty Between Intuition and Intelligence  4. Meaningful Coincidence  5. The Princess of Colour  6. 20,000 Books or More  7. Mysterious Combinations  8. A Tuesday Night Course for Twenty Years!  9. A Deepening Conversation  10. Afraid but also Thrilled  11. The Short Pants  12. The Needle of Hope  13. The Father's Voice  14. The Performative Element  15. The Wound of the Cultural Revolution  16. Careful Elegance  17. Collecting Memories  18. Coming into Being  20. Beyond Conclucsions  Index

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Lavinia ?ânculescu-Popa, PhD. is one of the first six IAAP Jungian Analysts in Romania. She was the main Romanian translator for the Handbook of Analytical Psychology (Renos Papadopoulos, Ed.). She is the President of the Romanian Society of Jungian Analysis (SRAJ) and the translator for the Romanian edition of Interpretation in Jungian Analysis: Art and Technique by Mark Winborn. Her research interests are in psychological anthropology, psychology and religion, and the unfolding of the Self in both personal and organizational life.

Mark Winborn, PhD is a Jungian psychoanalyst and psychologist. Dr. Winborn is a training/supervising analyst of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. His publications include three books, Deep Blues: Human Soundscapes for the Archetypal Journey, Shared Realities: Participation Mystique and Beyond, and Interpretation in Jungian Analysis: Art and Technique, as well as numerous book chapters and articles.


"Lavinia Țânculescu-Popa has skillfully explored and captured the internal territories of prominent Jungian analysts allowing us to connect and open ourselves to experience how eternally connected we all are. In these analyst’s personal narratives, one begins to find parts of oneself such that one is eager to read another story finding another glimpse of ourselves. With co-editor Mark Winborn, Beyond Persona illustrates Jung’s timeless ideas which are desperately in need of reconsideration in the face of contemporary life today."

Audrey Punnett, PhD, Jungian Child, Adolescent & Adult Analyst (IAAP); author of The Orphan: A Journey to Wholeness; editor of Jungian Child Analysis & Jungian Child Analysis: Cultural Perspectives

"The interviews of Dr. Țânculescu-Popa are like bright gems, each with their own colour and texture. This extraordinary collection of biographies illuminates the rich cultural diversity of her Jungian colleagues. The author has the gift of creating a safe container that encourages the interviewees to reveal significant and intimate parts of their lives, beyond Persona, as inferred in the title. Her colleagues do not just talk about their entire history, but in a spontaneous, unique, and deeply personal way, reveal early periods that were decisive in forming their fundamental and lifelong attitude to themselves and to their work"

John Hill, MA, Training Analyst, International School of Analytical Psychology, Zurich (ISAP) and author of the book, At Home in the World: Sounds and Symmetries of Belonging.

"What could be more compelling than a great story? These conversations with exemplary interviewer Lavinia Țânculescu-Popa tell the back stories of a group of Jungians who share the intimate aspects of their early lives that made them the sensitive, perceptive, and gifted analysts they are today. The reader will likely weep at the sheer vulnerability of these candid storytellers. This volume offers a novel portrayal of three generations of Jungian analysts, contributing to a history of contemporary Jungians grounded in the personal rather than the theoretical. Through these stories, Levinia Țânculescu-Popa and Mark Winborn gift us with their extraordinary effort to refashion how we know our colleagues, our lineage, and even ourselves."

Jeffrey Moulton Benevedes, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche